Continuing our ‘where to live in London’ on a certain tube line series, we’re now going to take a look at 5 places to live on the Hammersmith and City line. This might be useful if you need to take the Hammersmith & City line to work. The line serves 29 stations in total and runs from Hammersmith in West London to Barking in East London.
Starting at the beginning of the line, Hammersmith is a busy part of town which contains the Hammersmith Apollo (great for concerts and comedy nights) and ‘The Broadway Shopping Centre’, which is located on the Broadway. If you’re Polish then you might want to consider living in Hammersmith, as the Polish Centre is located here and therefore there is a strong Polish community in the area. In terms of pubs and bars, Hammersmith is great for riverside drinking. Transport connections are great and the area is reasonably close to Central London. Please read our Hammersmith guide for more information on living in Hammersmith.
Also found in West London, Shepherd’s Bush is packed full of Australians and New Zealanders. It’s unlikely that you’d live in Shepherd’s Bush and not take advantage of living next to the enormous Westfield London shopping centre, which contains many high street and designer shops as well as a cinema and multiple dining options. If you’re looking for something a little more down to earth, then check out the Shepherd’s Bush Market which sells affordable household goods and food produce. Much like Hammersmith, Shepherd’s Bush has good transport links and you can be in Oxford Street within a few minutes. To find out more about living in Shepherd’s Bush please view our area guide.
Whitechapel is found in the heart of London’s East End, but still very close to the City. Whitechapel has been famous throughout history, for it’s links to characters such as Jack the Ripper and the Kray Brothers.
Whitechapel contains an interesting mix of peoples – on the one hand, you’ll find rich City workers living in large warehouse conversions. But on the other side of the coin, you’ll unfortunately find large unattractive council blocks. Whitechapel isn’t massively glamorous but it doesn’t need to be. If you want trendy bars and curries, head to Shoreditch. If you want picturesque river-side pubs, head to Wapping or Limehouse. And if you want to spend your weekends browsing through the markets, then you’re spoiled for choice in the East End.
Bow is located in the East End, but just a little further away from the City – it’s more like a bus-ride, but a walk is still just about feasible.
The area of Bow can largely be found north of the Mile End road up until the Roman Road and Victoria Park at the top of the postcode. You’ll find great period properties in this area, one of the nicest parts of the area is Tredegar Square. For open spaces you have the options of either Victoria park, which is beautiful or Mile End park. You can also walk along the canals down to Canary Wharf where you’ll find fantastic historic riverside pubs, posh restaurants and a good-sized shopping centre. To find out more about living in Bow, take a look at our area guide.
Moving out even further east and the property prices suddenly become a lot more affordable. Plaistow in itself doesn’t have a lot on it’s doorstep, but it’s near a lot of decent places such as Stratford (home to London 2012 Olympics and the Westfield Stratford Shopping Centre) and Canary Wharf for a cinema and beautiful riverside drinking establishments. Transport connections into either Canary Wharf or Central London are both excellent and if you’re a West Ham fan, you’ll love having Upton Park nearby. To find out more about living in Plaistow, please view our Plaistow and West Ham guide.
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